Last week, members of the Town ‘N Kountry Kids 4-H Red Club went door to door and person to person at the baseball games to distribute poppies and accept donations for the Woonsocket American Legion Auxiliary to use to assist veterans. The red poppy, or Remembrance Poppy, has been a symbol of lives lost to war since World War I (1914–1918), and it plays a big part in the history of Memorial Day. The poppy is a symbol of war casualties and started with the poem “In Flanders Fields.” The community responded very generously to this effort! 

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Brookings – Megan Kogel will compete in the 76th Annual Miss South Dakota Scholarship competition June 1-3 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center in Brookings. Kogel is from Woonsocket and attends Woonsocket High School. She holds the title of Miss Clay County Fair’s Outstanding Teen. Kogel is one of 16 delegates hoping to be crowned the next Miss South Dakota Outstanding Teen and compete in the Miss America’s Teen competition in early 2024.

The theme of this year’s program is Ignite the Night with delegates judged on interviews, talent, and red carpet. As part of the competition, each candidate champions a community service initiative. Kogel has selected Bear Hugs which collects new and gently used teddy bears and donates them to places that work with kids in crisis, such as ambulances and sheriff’s departments. These teddy bears can comfort a child on one of the worst days of their life.

Throughout its 76-year history, the Miss South Dakota program has impacted 18,000 young women. Last year, nearly $59,000 in scholarships were awarded during the three-day event. The Miss South Dakota Scholarship Program’s mission is to uphold the four points of the crown: Service, Scholarship, Success, and Style. The Miss South Dakota Competition is an official preliminary of the Miss America Competition, the nation’s leading achievement program and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women.

Participation in this program provides young women with the opportunity to promote a platform of community service and share their talents, intelligence, and positive values while serving as role models in their communities. The program is run entirely by volunteers and is supported by private donations which help the delegates in their pursuit of academic excellence, service, and lifelong success.

MADISON – Blake Howard was recently awarded the Champion and Rising Scholarships at Dakota State University.  The scholarships are awarded to high-achieving students based on ACT scores and high school GPA.

“These Champion Scholarships drive our success in getting the best and brightest minds to Dakota State University,” said Jon Schemmel, CEO of the DSU Alumni Association.

DSU Champion Scholarships are awarded at four levels,  Presidential, Elite, Merit, and Achievement. If a student continues to meet the academic standards, these awards can be renewed annually for up to four years. Champion Scholarships are funded through annual and endowed funds, and range from $3,000 to $20,000 over four academic years. For the 2022-2023 academic year, DSU awarded over $2.7 million in academic, athletic, and other scholarships. Over $1.4 million of that was awarded to Champion Scholars.

Also awarded were several Rising Scholarships, established as a four-year guarantee of $20,000 ($5,000 per year) to students enrolling in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. They are awarded automatically based on certain academic criteria upon admission (ACT, GPA). 

“The Champion Scholarship program at Dakota State University recognizes and rewards exceptional academic achievement in incoming freshmen, offering financial aid ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 over four years based on ACT scores and GPA,” said Tom Nielsen, Associate Director of Alumni & External Engagement with the DSU Foundation.

“Through the support of our generous donors, this initiative helps attract and retain outstanding students, making a significant impact on the university’s efforts to enroll high-achieving individuals,” he stated.

Howard will be attending Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. in the fall, majoring in Cyber Operations.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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